Audit unearths over 600 ghost workers in Migori County

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On Mon, 7 Nov, 2022 21:47 | < 1 min read
Audit unearths over 600 ghost workers in Migori County
Migori County Governor Ochillo Ayacko handing over the county audit report to Mr Caleb Opondi, the new Public Service Management and Devolution executive. PHOTO/KNA

An Institute of Professional Human Resource Management audit revealed that Migori County has 607 ghost workers.

The consultancy report commissioned by area Governor Ochillo Ayacko indicates that the county had employed 427 casual workers although the number was 1,034 showing 607 were ghost workers.

While receiving the report at the County State House, Migori Dr Ayacko stated that the report also involved an audit of the payroll and workforce.

Migori lost millions to ghost workers

The payroll audit showed a disparity of Ksh120 million in one month and in another month jumping to over Ksh200 million. With that, the governor said the county has been losing over Ksh60 million to pay for ghost workers who have no designated working offices.

“This will be the first step towards service delivery and giving our mandate and pledges to the people which was to streamline and seal corruption loopholes since annually we were losing Ksh60 million to ghosts,” Governor Ayacko said.

In the same report, it became clear that casual workers in similar job groups were receiving different salaries with a discrepancy of Ksh300,000 between them.

Worst of all, the governor noted, the ghost workers were placed in revenue collection, a very important sector a situation which exposed the county to a streak of losing revenue in millions of shillings.

The governor also criticized the manner in which the county had been employing its staff with a glaring indication of employment done without any budget or positions being filled unadvertised.

“The audit report shows where the ghost employees worked lacked vacancies while key departments that needed additional human resources were seriously understaffed," said the governor.

The report was handed to Caleb Opondi the new Public Service Management and Devolution executive with a directive to strictly implement its recommendations.

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